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Retiring City of Altamont Water Department Supervisor Kevin Whitten, left receives a gift from City Commissioner Todd Slingerland during a luncheon on Whitten’s honor on Tuesday, June 28.

 

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight secretary Jim Carleton is flanked by Altamont VFW Auxiliary President Mimi Mays and Post Commander Gary Larimore. The two groups donated nearly $1700 to the Honor Flight program.

 

Altamont Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch speaks at an education funding rally at the site of the Old Capitol in Vandalia on Wednesday, June 29.

Librarian Beth Speers reads “Winners Never Quit” by U.S. Women’s soccer star Mia Hamm.

Kids from LCC Kids pose with Jordan Nelson of Midnight Motorsports and his race car. The students had been studying racing and ended the unit with the visit.

 

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Altamont Ambulance faces almost $300K in OSHA fines Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 July 2016 14:35

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently found Altamont Ambulance Service, the county’s sole ambulance provider, in violation of numerous health and safety codes as the result of a recent investigation into company’s employee policies and practices. The violations carry a total fine of $290,100.

Guidelines for healthcare workers regarding their exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other hazards encountered while providing patient care were not followed, claims OSHA.

“OSHA has specific guidelines to protect healthcare workers who provide patient care," said Aaron Priddy, OSHA's area director for its Fairview Heights office. "Altamont Ambulance Service has a responsibility to protect both its patients and staff from injury and illness during procedures, and to keep its workers safe at its facility."

Of the 24 different violations, OSHA deemed 16 serious, five willfull, and three “other-than-serious.” With regards to health guidelines, citations retrieved from the OSHA website referenced evidence of violations such as lack of employee training concerning work environment hazards such as pathogens, lack of clear labeling of chemicals, and lack of proper documentation, among other issues. Regarding safety violations, investigators found that outlet boxes in the living quarters were missing outlets and no faceplates were installed and an unacceptable lock was found on an employee bathroom door. Other safety issues were cited, as well.

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Protz wins Miss Fayette County crown Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 18 July 2016 14:34

Having shown her grace and charm throughout the evening, Brandy Protz, 20, of Vandalia was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair Queen on Monday, July 11.

Protz used her evening wear/public speaking opportunity to stress the importance of finding one’s passion and spending time with family. Protz spoke of her love for drag racing and how her family connects through the love of the sport.

The newly-crowned queen is enrolled at Indiana State University after graduating at the top of her class at Vandalia High School. She hopes to become a physician’s assistant in the field of orthopedics.

She takes over the reins for retiring queen Jenna Hunt, of Ramsey.

Kelly Swofford, 20, of Brownstown, was named first runner-up and Miss Photogenic, while Elizabeth Miller claimed second runner-up and Miss Congeniality prizes. Maddie Wilkerson was the People’s Choice award winner.

The other contestants included Stephanie Lowe, Kaylee Sefton, Bethany Oberlink, and Jaedyn Worker.

In the Little Miss portion of the pageant, Lucy Silva was named the winner. She is the daughter of Anthony and Jennifer Silva. Jada Smith was the retiring Little Miss Fayette County Fair Queen. Marley Black was the first runner-up and Bayli Mason was second runner-up.

The night prior, Anna Kramer, an eighth grader from Farina, was crowned Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair Queen.

 
Brownstown Methodist stepping up for good cause Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 15:14

When Pat Stokes of Northside Christian Church in Vandalia went looking for help to feed hungry children in the summer time, the Brownstown Methodist Church and the ladies of the HCE were willing to pitch in.

HCE Chairman and member of the church, Flo Allen, said that in the third year of the program, the volunteers are now serving 19-20 kids each Wednesday.

Those in need are able to pick up a sack of food from 11-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the church.

The sack lunches include, among other items, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a pudding cup, popsicles, PopTarts, popcorn, Sunbelt granola bars, chips, and peanut butter crackers. If available, fresh fruit is provided. Allen said that help is also available for families, as the area food pantry is run from the same church. This allows the volunteers to help the entire family if the situation calls for such assistance.

“Most (of the kids) are ‘latch-key kids’ or with a sitter,” Allen said. “We try to make sure they have food for more than just the one meal.”

Allen usually receives the aid of Pastor Don Thomas, minister of Brownstown Methodist, as well as two or three HCE members.

The lunches are served for 9-10 weeks in the summer on Wednesdays and are part of a larger program run by Northside Christian Church. Stokes secures the donations of food. Brownstown Methodist is located at 103 W Maple St, Brownstown and can be reached by calling (618) 427-3803.

 
Whitten retiring as supervisor of City water department Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 15:16

After an official 35 years, Kevin Whitten is calling it quits as an employee of the City of Altamont. Whitten, who has served as water supervisor since 1988, will work his last day on Aug. 1.

Though his loves for fishing and his motorcycle will keep him busy, he leaves with mixed emotions.

“I’m gonna miss it,” Whitten remarked. “They’ve (the City) been good to me.”

Whitten moved to Altamont with his family in 1975 from Bolingbrook, Ill. He worked for a short time for the City of Altamont in 1976 before moving to New York where a sister resided. There he met his future wife, Donna.

1980 was an eventful year for Whitten--he got married, moved back to Altamont, and in December of that year began working for the City again, through a government program.

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Brownstown Methodist stepping up for good cause Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 15:14

When Pat Stokes of Northside Christian Church in Vandalia went looking for help to feed hungry children in the summer time, the Brownstown Methodist Church and the ladies of the HCE were willing to pitch in.

HCE Chairman and member of the church, Flo Allen, said that in the third year of the program, the volunteers are now serving 19-20 kids each Wednesday.

Those in need are able to pick up a sack of food from 11-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the church.

The sack lunches include, among other items, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a pudding cup, popsicles, PopTarts, popcorn, Sunbelt granola bars, chips, and peanut butter crackers. If available, fresh fruit is provided. Allen said that help is also available for families, as the area food pantry is run from the same church. This allows the volunteers to help the entire family if the situation calls for such assistance.

“Most (of the kids) are ‘latch-key kids’ or with a sitter,” Allen said. “We try to make sure they have food for more than just the one meal.”

Allen usually receives the aid of Pastor Don Thomas, minister of Brownstown Methodist, as well as two or three HCE members.

The lunches are served for 9-10 weeks in the summer on Wednesdays and are part of a larger program run by Northside Christian Church. Stokes secures the donations of food. Brownstown Methodist is located at 103 W Maple St, Brownstown and can be reached by calling (618) 427-3803.

 
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